At Bishop Monkton School we want our children to be healthy and happy so that they can flourish in everything they do. Sometimes children (and adults) need a little helping hand for this to happen, particularly when life seems very challenging. For this reason we have a Pastoral Lead in school - Mrs Amanda Coupland. Please use the resources below for yourselves and your children and do get in contact should you need someone to talk to - we are here to listen.
Each class has a "worry box", with note paper for children to write down any worries they may have. Worry boxes are a safe way for your child to post their anxious thoughts, worries or feelings in a safe way. It gives them control over sharing their worries to a trusted adult (Mrs Coupland) and it gives children a physical way of getting rid of their worries.
The "worry boxes" are checked at least twice a week by Mrs Coupland who will then act on them immediately. If the child writes a worry anonymously, Mrs Coupland addresses the whole class and a chat/discussion around the worry will take place. If a child writes their name on their worry, Mrs Coupland will speak to them individually.
During the chat/discussion Mrs Coupland reassures the pupil that they are there to listen to them and offer comfort and support.